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Hamas says it will release those arrested over power protests

Hamas says it has agreed to release people arrested in connection with protests over severe electricity shortages that prompted an outpouring of anger in the Gaza Strip in recent days.

The interior ministry in Gaza, run by the Hamas terror group, says in a statement the decision was made after a meeting between security chiefs and political movements in the Palestinian enclave.

Palestinians chant slogans during a protest against the ongoing electricity crisis in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on January 12, 2017. (AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)
Palestinians chant slogans during a protest against the ongoing electricity crisis in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip on January 12, 2017. (AFP / MOHAMMED ABED)

It does not say how many people were being released, but rights activists say it involved dozens of people.

A series of protests were held in the Gaza Strip in recent days, including one on Thursday when thousands in northern Gaza walked to the local headquarters of the electricity company.

— AFP

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